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'Tis the season to visit friends and family and the last thing you want to do is arrive empty handed. A hostess gift is a thoughtful gesture that is easy to customize with a few simple tips. Last week I was grocery shopping at Walmart and started to peruse the candle aisles when I found something I had never noticed before, American Home™ Yankee Candle® brand products. I usually have to make a special trip to the mall to purchase my favorite candles so I was thoroughly overjoyed to find them while I was shopping - one less trip to make! If you can't find them at your local Walmart they are available online (woot!).
There was a large selection but I honed my eyes (and my nose) on some autumn fragrances. I purchased a large 19 ounce jar candle (only $10.93!) in Banana Walnut Bread and two smaller candles ($4.93 each) in Sweet & Salty Caramel (absolutely yummy) and Shades of Fall (heavenly). The Banana Walnut Bread fragrance was the inspiration for my hostess gift.
Now for 5 nitty gritty and totally memorable tips for putting together a DIY Hostess Gift
1. Choose your container. The container can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like. I prefer to use something that the recipient will be able to use once they empty the contents. A basket is always a great choice. For this hostess gift I chose a reproduction dough bowl. Less expensive than a true antique dough bowl but every bit as lovely. 2. Filler. I keep fillers when I receive them to recycle but you can also purchase new. If you don't want to use a filler you can line your container with napkins, a pretty flour sack towel, fabric, burlap or something else that strikes your fancy.3. Now you're ready to start filling and layering your basket. Candles are always a wise choice for a hostess gift. The stars of this basket are the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand candles. Instead of just placing the largest atop the filler I decided to wrap it in a satin bow - the addition of the bow gives it a nice luxurious touch. 4. Add something homemade - a baked good or craft. Since the American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand jar candle in Banana Walnut Bread was my inspiration I baked a fresh loaf of banana bread using one of my favorite recipes. Once the banana bread cooled down I wrapped it in parchment paper (this is awesome for wrapping baked goods - it doesn't stick and keeps them fresh while in transit). I added a satin ribbon to this as well to complete the look and add a feeling of continuity to an otherwise nondescript wrap. 5. Next, I stuffed some small seasonal items into the basket. I purchased mini pumpkins over a month ago and they are still fresh and lovely so these along with some plastic antlers were added as a final touch to my DIY Hostess Gift.